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Moment families dive for cover as gunman enters Thai shopping mall

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Moment families dive for cover as gunman enters Thai shopping mall

Moment families dive for cover as gunman enters Thai shopping mall

Terrified families dive for cover under shop barriers and sprint out of a shopping mall during a mass shooting in Thailand on Saturday (February 8).

The killer, Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, killed at least 20 people and injured 40 others during a rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima, northern Thailand, shortly before 6pm local time today.

He killed three at an army camp then opened fire at the Terminal 21 building in the city of Korat, while broadcasting himself on Facebook.

He shot a gas tank causing an explosion and fire then killed shoppers, pedestrians and motorists with a rifle and machine gun.

The shooter then walked into the mall and took people hostage while hundreds fled outside or hid in dark rooms. Horrifying footage from onlookers shows the masks shooter - who is still active at the time of writing - picking people off with a rifle.

At least two police officers have been killed.

Many more are believed to be injured after the shooting spree, during the busiest time of the week.

Pictures show the bloodbath with bodies littered across the roads near the shopping centre and slumped in their cars.

Police and military have raced to the scene while the monitor CCTV from inside the building.

At least one officer armed with a semi-automatic handgun has entered the building in search of the killer.

Colonel Kritsana Pattanacharoen said the military knew about the shooter's identity and asked people to stay away from the scene.

Major General Apirat Kongsompong said he had ordered all available police and military units in the area to attend the scene.

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